The Sig Sauer P320 drop-safety issue

It has been in the news for over a week and the issue won’t die. And that’s unfortunate because the P320 is, overall, an excellent gun. A new video has surfaced of a P320 discharging a primed-case when dropped. Not just once but, several times and purportedly, more than one gun. The difference is this video is far more credible in that it is specific about how they obtained their results and even goes so far as to suggest a potential fix.

So what does all this mean? Well, it may mean that SigSauer has some fixing to do for a lot of guns already sold and minor production changes going forward. That the gun passes all standard industry and government tests is expected. What Omaha Outdoors has done is demonstrate a very specific set of circumstances that can cause the gun to discharge on impact when dropped. We’d suggest waiting to hear more from Sig but, also wait for peers to independently verify what Omaha Outdoors says they’ve found.

So. Are Jeff and I going to dump the P320s we’ve recently purchased? Probably not. Interestingly enough, the P320 XFive, so far, does NOT appear to be affected by this problem according to Omaha’s video. What Omaha Outdoors did not mention is that not only is the trigger of the XFive different from other P320s, so is the striker itself. And there has been a production change among regular P320s at least once since it was initially released in 2014. We may be seeing a problem resulting from that change or another since that transition to the second generation of the gun. It may also be specific to a range of guns manufactured at a specific point in time. WE DON’T KNOW. There are simply too many variables to be sure. We will probably test our own guns to see if we can replicate the result. As is usually the case, we need more information before jumping to conclusions.

/GM

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